Honoring Christ In Toil And Suffering- Day 3
Aug21

Honoring Christ In Toil And Suffering- Day 3

Over at MakeJesusCulture.com Aaron Keyes spoke about sorrow and how you work through that in a team in order to walk through hard issues together as you create: how living life among and with one another actually girds up a household of creatives that they may live out a fuller, Christlike resilience in the teeth of suffering. In the background, while he spoke hung the great wave of Kanagawa. The wave creates a great piece of chaos...

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Freebie #66-Jordy Searcy: Empathy in Creativity
Aug19
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Honoring Christ In Toil And Suffering- Day 2
Aug14

Honoring Christ In Toil And Suffering- Day 2

Over at MakeJesusCulture.com we had Latiphah Alattis talk about songwriting, but in the midst of it she grew very honest about her father’s funeral. Her father died young, all things considered, and she was a younger woman when it happened. As a Christian songwriter, the despair really sang pretty deep into her melancholy spirit and festered there. Meanwhile, the parishioners and fellow citizens all passed her by ignorant of the...

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Freebie #65-Lancelot Schaubert: Use Words When Necessary
Aug12
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Honoring Christ In Toil And Suffering- Day 1
Aug07

Honoring Christ In Toil And Suffering- Day 1

At MakeJesusCulture.com we had several speakers talk on toil and suffering in their work. One of them was Harrison Hollingsworth, the New York City ballet conductor and bassoonist who leads worshippers at Redeemer Presbyterian Downtown. His main talk revolved around how meaningless our toil is without relationships – particularly relationship with the father of heavenly lights. And this of course applies to all made things, whether...

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Freebie #64-Dr. Philip Ryken: Is Art for Slackers and Weirdos
Aug05
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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 6
Jul31

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 6

TARGET IN SINGING We’ve considered our singing through the use of these words; total, text and tone, and now we must add one more perspective to the list—our target.  Target with 1 – 2 – 3  Mike Cosper in his book Rhythms of Grace offers some helpful insight to our conversation here in what he calls “1-2-3 Worship.” He says that our singing should have three audiences or targets: God, each other, and...

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Freebie #63-Chris Powers: Visual Exegesis
Jul29
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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 5
Jul24

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 5

TONE IN SINGING Recently, I found myself philosophizing with friends over the state of singing in the church[jm1] . We talked about how the church has grown too “happy;” wherein we pop songs like worship pills and it seems to stink of inauthentic denial.  Jesus, in his perfect, fully God, fully man state, here on earth, experienced the full tones of human emotion. He wept, he laughed and he got angry and tired[jm2], etc. He...

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Freebie #62-Chris Powers: How do beauty and worship go together?
Jul22
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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 4
Jul17

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 4

TEXT IN SINGING | Pt. 2 Continuing from Day 3, one more thing emerges for our consideration in our songs. If we think back to the words of Colossians 3:16, our singing is actually supposed to “teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, through singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” Dave Yauk in The Tempo of Discipleship: The Rudiments and Rhythms to Shaping Followers of Christ helps us devise some quick learning...

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Freebie #61-Aaron Niequest: Moving Beyond 4 Pop Songs
Jul15
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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 3
Jul10

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 3

TEXT IN SINGING  I hope we can all agree that songs are as important as the sermons from our teachers in telling the total story line of God. Our songs are important in total scope in how they develop a broader mentality, but this also does not negate the fact that songs are also important in textual specifics.  Those who write lyrics, or share them with others, are responsible for the words they put...

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Freebie #60-Aaron Niequest: Cast the Vision of Why & Pray
Jul08
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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 2
Jul03

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 2

TOTAL SINGING  One of my Professors in college once said that most Christians are struggling deeply with their faith because they believe in a “canon within a Canon.” He shared this when talking about the 66-book Canon (or standard) of Scripture. What he meant is that most people cherry-pick verses from the Scriptures in whatever manner they like, and assemble the truths (apart from their context) into beautiful worldview bokeh...

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Freebie #59-Albert Mohler: Fallen Stones
Jul01
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